Updated October 23, 2020
Livingston County Health Department (LCHD) is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (COVID-19). The virus was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and continues to expand globally. The most up-to-date information on the situation is available from the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
On October 9, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) signed an
emergency order placing limits on gatherings and requiring face coverings. Questions about state orders can be directed to MDHHS-EO-FAQ@michigan.gov.
Within the October 9th order, the requirement to wear a face covering does not apply to individuals who:
- Are younger than five years old (except as otherwise provided within section 5 of the order), and, per guidance from the CDC, children under the age of 2 should not wear a face covering;
- Cannot medically tolerate a face covering;
- Are eating or drinking while seated at a food service establishment;
- Are exercising outdoors and able to consistently maintain six feet of distance from others;
- Are swimming;
- Are receiving a service for which temporary removal of the face covering is necessary;
- Are entering a business or are receiving a service and are asked to temporarily remove a face covering for identification purposes;
- Are communicating with someone who is deaf, deaf and blind, or hard of hearing and whose ability to see the mouth is essential to communication;
- Are actively engaged in a public safety role, including but not limited to law enforcement, firefighters, or emergency medical personnel, and where wearing a face covering would seriously interfere in the performance of their public safety responsibilities;
- Are at a polling place for purposes of voting in an election;
- Are engaging in a religious service;
- Are giving a speech for broadcast or to an audience, provided that the audience is at least six feet away from the speaker;
Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s
MI Safe Start Plan outlines how we will begin to re-engage while continuing to keep our communities safe.
COVID-19 Case Information
COVID-19 Cases in Livingston County Residents
Data source: Michigan Disease Surveillance System (MDSS)
Local Response Actions
COVID-19 is spreading in Livingston County. By working together, we can slow it down and save lives. Everyone, young and old, should limit your trips, wear a mask or cloth face covering, and stay at least six feet apart from others. Wash your hands frequently and don’t touch your face. Our individual actions affect the health of our entire community. Social distancing can reduce the spread of disease, prevent our healthcare system from being overburdened, and protect the most vulnerable members in our community from infection. What we do as a community protects us all.
The Livingston County Health Department continues to respond aggressively to COVID-19 to keep our residents updated, informed, and safe during this challenging time. Our staff are conducting case investigations, contact tracing and monitoring; disease surveillance and control; and providing situational updates and guidance to the public, media and partners. We are committed to ensuring that Livingston County residents, partners, elected officials, and the media get trusted, accurate information about our local situation and response.